Bust Yo Scraps Quilt Along – Block Construction

It’s here! My birthday! Happy Birthday to me! I am now 33 :D

Bust Yo Scraps!

I know you are all waiting with a pile of scraps on how to construct the blocks for our quilt along! So, I will get right into it. There are just 2 blocks to learn for this quilt:

A scrappy square block:

And a Snowball block:

Both blocks will measure 8.5″ x 8.5″ when you are done (8″ square finished).
For the Baby/Crib size quilt you will need:
18 snowball blocks
17 scrappy squares

For the Lap Size Quilt you will need:
28 snowball blocks
28 scrappy squares

How to make the Scrappy Square blocks:
For this block you will need:
1 – 4.5″ x 4.5″ square of background fabric
4 – 4.5″ x 2.5″ scraps
12 – 2.5″ x 2.5″ scrap squares

First you will make 4 flying geese. You will need 1 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle and 2 2.5″ squares for each flying geese block. There are many ways to make flying geese so if you want to use another method, that’s cool too. The finished size will be 2″ x 4″ (2.5″ x 4.5″ before sewn together).

The only “rule” I’m using when putting these blocks together is to try not to get 2 of the same colors next to each other. If that happens, oh well, I’m not going to tear it out or anything. It’s a “design element”… :D

I like to take the squares and press them in half a few at a time instead of marking diagonal lines on them. It works just as nicely for me but takes less time and I don’t get pen on something I don’t mean to. These squares end up as your background and the rectangle is your goose.

Now take one square and line it up with one side of the rectangle. You can orient this however you would like. I try to remember that I’m cutting off the corner so if there’s a cute picture or something I can try to put that on the keeping part? Does that make sense? You want your right side of the fabrics together.

You will sew directly on the pressed line.

Nice work! Now, you want to cut off the corner and press the background open. So, I take my ruler and put the sewn line on the 1/4″ mark and then cut off the corner, like so:

Hooray! One background is done! Just press it out to a rectangle again and we will do the other side!

Now you will take another pressed square and place it right sides together on the other side so that you form a really cool pyramid and sew directly on that line:

Awesome! Now just cut off the other corner and press out like you just did for the other side.

Look at that cool scrappy little goose! The size will be 4.5″ x 2.5″. If you are a trimmer and want to check and trim if you need to, remember that it’s better to slice off the bottom and sides. Above the goose point should be 1/4″ for seam allowance so the point is flush with the other fabric when you sew it. You will need to make 3 more for this block. I like to chain piece a few blocks worth of geese at a time and then arrange them after but you do what works for you.

Now you will lay out your block like this:
The middle row will be 2 geese and your background square. The geese are pointing away from your background square.

Sew these together in a row. I like to press the seams towards the geese.

The top and bottom rows will be a goose with 2 2.5″ squares on each side:

I also press the seams on these rows toward the geese so I can nest them together when putting the rows together.

Now sew the rows together nesting the seams:


I like to press these last 2 sewn seams open to try to reduce the bulk:

How to Make a Snowball Block:
For this block you will need:
4 – 2.5″ scrap sqaures
1 – 8.5″ x 8.5″ square from the background fabric

This block is very simple. First you want to press seams in the squares (so there’s a line down the middle) like you did for the last block. And then you sew all 4 to the corners like so:

Then cut the corners off just like you did with the flying geese and press open and you are done:

Awesome! Are you ready to make some blocks? Make sure to join the Flickr Group and show off your progress. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have!

Happy Sewing!

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6 Responses to Bust Yo Scraps Quilt Along – Block Construction

  1. Deb says:

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you had a fabulous day!

  2. Kris says:

    Happy Birthday and thanks for hosting this QAL! I have never done flying geese and appreciate this tutorial. I’m off and running!

  3. nicke says:

    happy birthday brenda! i hope it was a great day. thanks so much for this tutorial. ironing a line instead of drawing one! so so so much easier! i love it! can’t wait to make a couple blocks this weekend!

  4. Kim says:

    Happy birthday, belatedly! Thanks for sharing some birthday fun with us. After we finish our homeschooling today, I hope to get at this fun project and clean out some scraps at the same time.

  5. Jacey says:

    Happy birthday again! I’m excited to get started, as soon as I can!

  6. Great idea to press the line in instead of drawing it! Wonderful tutorial.

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